Record Deer: Top 5 Typical Bucks from the Midwest

By author of Brow Tines and Backstrap

Can You Name All Five of These Whitetails?

More hunters chase the whitetail than any other animal in the country. That’s how much love people have for these deer. While the primary reason we hunt the majestic animals is for food, we also can't help but become fixated on a truly giant whitetail when we see one. That’s what we’re looking at today — the five largest free-range typical white-tailed bucks ever to killed/be found in the Midwest. Check out these legendary whitetails, courtesy of Boone & Crockett's Trophy Search.

Editor’s Note: Only bucks registered in the Boone and Crockett records were considered for this article. Bucks from the United States and Canada were included in the ranking process.

The Hanson Buck

Image 1 of 6

1 | The Hanson Buck

This is the No. 1 typical whitetail of all-time. The Hanson buck. It’s legend to all those who spend time thinking about giant whitetails. And if you’ve never heard of this deer, you’ve got some catching up to do. It’s a stud. It’s sounds pretty obvious and even quirky to say, but this deer truly has it all. Tine length? Check. Spread and beam length? Yep. Mass? Pretty solid on that front, too. I don’t think you can fault this deer. And if you do, go the heck on somewhere. This buck is a legend.

Score: 213 5/8 inches

Hunter: Milo N. Hanson

Location: Biggar, Saskatchewan

Date: 1993

Region Rank: No. 1

Overall Rank: No. 1

Photo credit: Boone and Crockett Club

Image 1 of 6

The Jordan Buck

Image 2 of 6

2 | The Jordan Buck

Now this buck exhibits incredible mass. And don’t let all of that mass fool you by making the rack seem smaller than it really is. It isn’t. It has everything just like the Hanson buck does. Granted, this buck doesn’t have quite the spread, beam length or tine length the Hanson buck sports. Also, the Hanson buck was a typical 6X6 (with two additional kickers). The Jordan buck is only a clean 5X5 and it still only fell about 7 inches shy of the No. 1 spot. The mass measurements alone are truly incredible. That’s why this buck scored so well. Just think about it. That goes to show just how important mass is for trophy-class antlers.

Score: 206 1/8 inches

Hunter: James Jordan

Location: Burnett County, Wisconsin

Date: 1914

Region Rank: No. 2

Overall Rank: No. 2

Photo credit: Boone and Crockett Club

Image 2 of 6

The Gibson Buck

Image 3 of 6

3 | The Gibson Buck

This whitetail has a wicked-cool frame. Those sweeping beams are truly something. When I see this rack, I think of Texas whitetails. Not Missouri deer. But hey, it just goes to show how diversified deer are and how every white-tailed buck’s rack has its own fingerprint. No two are exactly alike. Like the Hanson buck, this deer is a typical 6X6. While it doesn’t beat the Hanson buck, it wouldn’t have taken much to do so. In fact, the frames are very similar between the two deer. It wouldn’t have taken much for the Gibson buck to be the world-record typical whitetail.

Score: 205 inches

Hunter: Larry W. Gibson

Location: Randolph County, Missouri

Date: 1971

Region Rank: No. 3

Overall Rank: No. 3

Photo credit: Boone & Crockett Trophy Search

Image 3 of 6

The Johnson Buck

Image 4 of 6

4 | The Johnson Buck

Taken in 1965, the Johnson buck truly is iconic. The deer mount itself might not look like much anymore. But the rack is nothing short of amazing. Check out those long, bladed brow tines. Simply stunning. This is a legendary whitetail.

Score: 204 4/8 inches

Hunter: Melvin Johnson

Location: Peoria County, Illinois

Date: 1965

Region Rank: No. 4

Overall Rank: No. 4

Photo credit: Boone and Crockett Club

Image 4 of 6

The Collins Buck

Image 5 of 6

5 | The Collins Buck

The Smith buck taken in Kentucky is the No. 5 all-time typical, but we’ve bundled Kentucky up into the Southeast region of the country — not the Midwest. The No. 6 all-time typical comes from Alberta — the western region. Because of that, the No. 7 all-time 203 2/8-inch typical from Saskatchewan takes the last spot for the biggest bucks from the Midwest region. And it’s a dandy. Check out those sweeping beams and long tines. Incredible.

Score: 203 3/8 inches

Hunter: Hubert Collins

Location: Sturgeon River, Saskatchewan

Date: 2003

Region Rank: No. 5

Overall Rank: No. 7

Photo credit: Boone and Crockett Club

Image 5 of 6

Want to See More Record Deer Data?

Image 6 of 6

6 | Want to See More Record Deer Data?

Don’t be shy. Check out the links below to see more record white-tailed bucks by region. See where the best of the best came from. These are legendary whitetails.

The Northeast Region

Record Deer: Top 5 Typical Bucks from the Northeast

Record Deer: Top 5 Non-Typical Bucks from the Northeast

The Southeast Region

Record Deer: Top 5 Typical Bucks from the Southeast

Record Deer: Top 5 Non-Typical Bucks from the Southeast

The Midwest Region

Record Deer: Top 5 Typical Bucks from the Midwest

Record Deer: Top 5 Non-Typical Bucks from the Midwest

The West Region

Record Deer: Top 5 Typical Bucks from the West

Record Deer: Top 5 Non-Typical Bucks from the West

Photo credit: Shutterstock/Abbie

Are you a deer hunter wanting to learn how to accomplish your goals? Check out our stories, videos and hard-hitting how-to's on deer hunting.

Follow us on Facebook.

Image 6 of 6